Jacob Murphy has given his first interview after completing his move to Newcastle United.
Like all of his family, the 22 year old is a lifelong Newcastle fan, despite having grown up in London and Norwich.
His mam is from Birtley and dad from Ashington, with the rest of the family from Gateshead, so his Geordie roots are well established.
Jacob Murphy says ‘Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better’, and on this occasion I think we can believe a signing when he says that!
The wide midfielder/winger still of course has it all to prove as he has never played in the Premier League before but he is potentially an exciting player for fans to look forward to, Murphy says he hopes to bring ‘attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct’. Last season that brought him nine goals and six assists, with two of the goals and one assists coming against Newcastle.
Growing up he had many heroes at St James Park, describing Alan Shearer as a ‘God’, whilst in his position, Laurent Robert is another he loved to watch ‘with a wand of a left foot’.
If he gets anywhere near either of those players then Newcastle will have found a real quality signing.
Jacob Murphy talking to NUFC TV:
“It was a childhood dream of mine to come represent Newcastle, I can’t wait to get started.
“A proud moment for myself, my family – everyone crazy crazy Newcastle supporters. So the move to come here was a no-brainer.
“My mother is from Birtley, my dad from Ashington, the rest of my family are from Gateshead. So they have always been Newcastle supporters and that is the team I chose to follow.
“I have been getting messages from them (family) and they are really excited.
“My first Newcastle game – my dad took me and my brother to see Newcastle play PSV in the UEFA Cup (a 2-1 win on 14 April 2004), Alan Shearer and Gary Speed got the goals.
“Laurent Robert with a wand of a left foot, he used to cannon ball everything in. Alan Shearer is just a God.
“Playing last season at St James Park with Norwich, it is just magical. I wanted to be part of that.
“Being at Norwich at the time we were gutted we didn’t win but the passion from the Newcastle fans, you saw what it meant to them.
“I hope to bring attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct, I like to shoot, I like to provide chances for the team.
“Rafa Benitez was a massive influence, it was a no-brainer when the offer came in. If you have the chance to work with him, you would be silly not to say yes.
“Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better.”